Authors, readers, reviewers and pirates.
So loads of people love blogging. Right. Right! I am not one of them. Or rather, I never was. Now that I am starting to get a following I am starting to re-evaluate my views on Blogging.
Is it the creative outlet I need to balance my life? Do I have anything to say? I wonder, and with wondering I decided that I would not know until I try. So here is my first try. I guess much of the continuation of this will depend on if I received any comments.
So today's blog is about books. BIG SURPRISE! But seriously. It is about the people I now call my friends. The people that write, edit, create their own covers, promote and beg others to read and review their books.
I only recently found out that authors need 50 yes fifty reviews on Amazon before Amazon would through it out as a recommended book. I also know some sort of tag is very important on Amazon although I do not know what that is or why it is so very important.
I love reading. I really love reading, but when I read I do it because I love it. Not because I want to rush through the book so that I can get onto the next one. So authors pm'ing me, sending me mails, asking me how far along I am - that kind of started to bug me. What really got my goat were the authors that would try to play on my emotions. Then I found out about the 50 review rule and I started to get it. I really get it now.
I also have another pet peeve, people stalking authors in an attempt to poach as many free books as they possibly can with no intent on even reading the book.
So, on the one side we have people that need validation for their work.
People like me that love reading and in the process try to do right by the person whom is seeking validation.
And on the third we have people who I think of as pirates, people taking looty with no idea what they will do with it so they bury it in the sand.
So the point of my monologue - where is the golden midway? Why are more authors not actively involved in reading and reading follow authors work, cause, guess what - as long as your review is more than 20 words long Amazon accepts it is a review.
Why, among the millions of passionate readers on Facebook is their so very few who actually do reviews? Again, 20 + words counts as a review!
And to the pirates out there, we all love you in anyway, but please; do not take a book if you know you are never going to read it. Pay it forward and make sure somebody gets the book who would love to read it.